Joy Anderson

Joy Anderson
Music Teacher, Musical and Theater Director : elementary, faculty, music, theater


Singapore American School (in the Republic of Singapore), 1982 University of Richmond, bachelor of music James Madison University, master of music and Level I Orff certification Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, Kodály certification. Included summer study at the Kodály Institute in Hungary


I enjoy reading and conversation


I have been married to wonderful Jon Anderson for 33 years. We have Elizabeth Anderson Ochoa (EMS '06, currently a teacher at Bluestone Elementary), Laura Anderson White (EMS '08, currently a teacher in Richmond City Schools), Emily Anderson Walls (EMS '10, a historic preservationist and interior designer currently working with an architecture firm in Richmond), and Jack Anderson (EMS '17, currently a junior at University of Richmond.) Also part of the family, Henry Xie (EMS '18) currently a sophomore at VCU School of the Arts.

Favorite Bible verses

Romans 8:38 & 39

I'm inspired by...

I am inspired by beautiful music (especially choral music), by nature, by literature and drama, and by deep and challenging conversation.

My dream for EMS

My dream for EMS students and faculty is that, following the teaching of Jesus and with the inspiration of His Holy Spirit, we learn to really hear and see each other, that we find ways to both stand on our convictions and genuinely love, serve, and try to understand the convictions of our brothers and sisters, even (especially!) when they differ from ours. This dream also includes deep and substantive scholarship and intellectual rigor and integrity.